The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0074  Friday, 14 January 2005

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 12:56:00 -0000
Subject: 16.0067 It's Time for Another Meta-Discussion
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0067 It's Time for Another Meta-Discussion

Our email communications are built upon terrifically stable Internet
standards, and yet email doesn't always work properly as a means of
conveying SHAKSPER.

I'm interested to hear that some SHAKSPERians have managed to get a new
technology called syndication working, but it would surely be fool-hardy
to move SHAKSPER over to a distribution mechanism that is so new.
Without syndication, I understand, we'd have to read SHAKSPER by
pointing our web-browsers at a website showing the various threads. I
suggest that in fact many SHAKSPERians wouldn't find time to do that,
and that the discussion would would decline.

SHAKSPER grew in the 1990s as email became such a standard technology
that a great many people could simply ask for help getting their email
set up, and their institution's (or their service provider's) help desk
staff were able to talk them through it and provide training. Just for
an experiment, I asked my help desk today to help me set up
'syndication' and they didn't know what I was talking about. (Neither
did I really, which makes me a good subject for this experiment.
Frequently help desks get calls of the kind 'I need to do xxx; I don't
know what it is but I've been told to do it.')

Hardy should change the email-list software that SHAKSPER uses if he's
paying hundreds of dollars a year for it, but SHAKSPER should remain an
email list.

If I've misunderstood syndication, I'd be grateful for correction from
its advocates.

Gabriel Egan

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